Since 2004 the St. Thomas Conference, Bedford, PA, of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has offered hope to our brothers and sisters through emergency financial assistance and other vital services. It is the mission of the conference to provide support and care for the poor in the local community. In the last decade the demand for emergency support has more than tripled.
We are praying for volunteers to join the St. Thomas Conference and share in this joyful work.
Work continues on the proposed building that will house a new food pantry in Hastings, Cambria County. The St. Bernards SVDP Conference has been coordinating the effort to purchase land and begin construction of the new structure. The new pantry will replace the site of the SVDP Carrolltown Food Pantry and will continue to service families in that area.
On Tuesday October 17 shop at Boscov's (9AM to 11 PM) and receive 25% off with a shopping pass. The pass is $5 and every pass sold by SVDP benefits the Society. Also register to win prizes including a $500 shopping spree. Call us at 943-1981 for information on purchasing a shopping pass.
The annual program was again a success providing over 100 backpacks filled with brand new school supplies. The supplies were purchased through funds raised by youth activities and fundraisers held during the year.
When the yearly summer feeding program at Evergreen Manors was cut due to the lack of funding, the Society's Youth Ministry decided to become the main sponsor and continue the program. Along with the Assumption Chapel Food Pantry and the Altoona Soup Kitchen, hundreds of meals were served to school age children all summer long.
The Johnstown Thrift Store placed four clothing and shoe pick-up containers at area churches in Johnstown. The containers are located at St. Andrew, St. Benedict, St. Clement, and Our Mother of Sorrow churches. This is part of an ongoing effort to obtain high quality clothing and shoes for resale in the store. The store plans to place additional containers at other local churches in the near future.
The Monastery Community Gardens presents a hands-on workshop conducted by Dave Crowley, October 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM. Dave will review several types of garlic and how to prepare, plant, care for, and harvest the bulbs. Participants will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by planting the garlic for the Monastery Community Gardens. There is no fee but please call Teresa Futrick 684-5581 or Pat Trimble 327-1555 to register.
THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL MASS, RECEPTION, DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION SUNDAY OCTOBER 15, 2017 AT ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY IN LORETTO.
THE SOCIETY IS CELEBRATING 400 YEARS OF VINCENTIAN CHARISM AND YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US. MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED AT 4:00PM IN THE CHAPEL ON CAMPUS AND A RECEPTION, DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION WILL FOLLOW IN THE JFK CENTER.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, DONATE A SILENT AUCTION ITEM OR PLACE AN AD IN OUR EVENING'S PROGRAM PLEASE CONTACT US.
OUR GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE EVENING IS ARCHABBOT DOUGLAS R. NOWICKI, O.S.B. OF THE ST. VINCENT ARCHABBEY IN LATROBE.
MC FOR THE EVENING IS MR. TONY DEGOL FROM THE ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN DIOCESE.
The 2017 Highmark Walk held Saturday May 20 in Johnstown was a great success for our Food for Families Program in Cambria County. With the help of Team SVDP, Team Ameriserv, Team Divine Mercy and many donors across the diocese we raised a record amount to help fight hunger. We surpassed our goal of $12,500.00 and donations are still coming in. You can still help by going to SVDP Food for Families on the Highmark Walk site and donate. The site will remain open until the end of June. Thank you to all who walked and donated.